Personally, I’ve always been of the belief that if I were to go on holiday, I’d better be staying somewhere nicer than my own home. Otherwise, it isn’t really a holiday (why pay money slummin’ it?). In the case of these cottages around the world though, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better, and the destination of dreams can sometimes be in the form of a simple respite.

From Barbie-inspired getaways to Rapunzel-esque towers, here are some cottage stays around the world (Malaysia included!) that are worth checking out and booking on Airbnb.

Bintang Cottage

Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

You needn’t go far at all for a taste of countryside living! This cottage up in the chilly hills of Cameron Highlands can house nine guests and comes equipped with the bells and whistles of a holiday home. We particularly love its quaint stone facade and beautifully landscaped garden area.

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The White Cottage

Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia

This one’s even closer to home if you live in Kuala Lumpur! Just on the outskirts of the Klang Valley in Rawang stands this beautiful all-white property. Far from sterile despite, well, being all white everything, this villa that houses eight guests will scratch the itch of anyone into the Japandi aesthetic.

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Dreamy Tropical Treehouse

Mountain View, Hawaii, USA

Obviously not your typical cottage; I reckon a treehouse is a tropical equivalent. Made from bamboo, you can ascend into the treehouse via trapdoor and be one with the local flora as the bedroom and main living area nestle 15 feet high in the forest canopy. Replete with splashes of yellow in the interiors, this personal paradise even comes with a lanai that offers a stunning view of the dense jungle.

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The Little Pink House on the Peninsula

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

It’s Barbiecore meets woodland fairy in this pretty pink property. A dreamy couples’ getaway, this home is built for two — Barbie and Ken. All jokes aside, the pink is tasteful, the finishings are luxurious, and this is a really well-equipped modern abode.

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Enchanted Tiny Tower

Lee, Massachusetts, USA

Another one for those of you looking to get away as a duo. This tiny home is imbued with all the wood imaginable and really appears like Rapunzel’s tower in its woody surroundings. The garden is stunning, the pond is dreamy, and it’s definitely giving fairytale adventure.

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Fairytale Dream Cottage

Topanga, California, USA

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most expensive of them all? This one! Priced at over RM11,000 per night for up to four guests, this dreamy respite in California boasts chic cottagecore furniture and drapes, with ornate gold-tone hardware and accents.

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Apartment Zemljanka – Earth House

Ljutomer, Slovenia

Is it just us, or have we stepped into the shire? Exuding a love for nature and creativity, this apartment-sized rental unit is inspired by a Hobbit’s home in The Lord of the Rings. You’ll find that this home blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings and is made mostly of clay and wood but entirely of natural materials.

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La Redonda

Jalpan de Serra, Querétaro, Mexico

We’re quite certain this tiny villa was once lived in by Smurfs. Reminiscent of a toadstool with a chimney sticking out of it, this pint-sized home of wood and white was designed using various methods of bioconstruction for occupants to live in harmony with nature. Fitting that it’s located in a Biosphere Reserve.

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Hobbit Cottage

Cedar City, Utah, USA

Here’s another one for you, The Lord of the Rings fans! Built for two, this cosy spot is actually nestled in its host’s back garden and comes complete with trilogy paraphernalia. So you’re more than welcome to have a picnic, use the barbecue, play yard games, or just enjoy the landscape.

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Dadaam Round Flooring Hwang Toe House

Daedeok-myeon, Damyang, South Jeolla Province, South Korea

This wooden house for four is a unique home built entirely of white cedar. Although the amenities are basic, this is more than made up for by the picturesque mountain ranges surrounding it. Then there’s the accompanying area that’s spacious and inviting. A peek at the bedrooms will show you that this is a chance to experience a traditionally Korean way of life.

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*All images courtesy of respective Airbnbs.